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Proverbs 23 (New King James Version)

Proverbs 23

1 When you sit down to eat with a ruler,
Consider carefully what is before you;
2 And put a knife to your throat
If you are a man given to appetite.
3 Do not desire his delicacies,
For they are deceptive food.
4 Do not overwork to be rich;
Because of your own understanding, cease!
5 Will you set your eyes on that which is not?
For riches certainly make themselves wings;
They fly away like an eagle toward heaven.
6 Do not eat the bread of a miser,[a]
Nor desire his delicacies;
7 For as he thinks in his heart, so is he.

“ Eat and drink!” he says to you,
But his heart is not with you.
8 The morsel you have eaten, you will vomit up,
And waste your pleasant words.
9 Do not speak in the hearing of a fool,
For he will despise the wisdom of your words.
10 Do not remove the ancient landmark,
Nor enter the fields of the fatherless;
11 For their Redeemer is mighty;
He will plead their cause against you.
12 Apply your heart to instruction,
And your ears to words of knowledge.
13 Do not withhold correction from a child,
For if you beat him with a rod, he will not die.
14 You shall beat him with a rod,
And deliver his soul from hell.[b]
15 My son, if your heart is wise,
My heart will rejoice—indeed, I myself;
16 Yes, my inmost being will rejoice
When your lips speak right things.
Do not let your heart envy sinners, But be zealous for the fear  of the LORD all the day;
18 For surely there is a hereafter,
And your hope will not be cut off.
19 Hear, my son, and be wise;
And guide your heart in the way.
20 Do not mix with winebibbers,
Or with gluttonous eaters of meat;
21 For the drunkard and the glutton will come to poverty,
And drowsiness will clothe a man with rags.
22 Listen to your father who begot you,
And do not despise your mother when she is old.
23 Buy the truth, and do not sell it,
Also wisdom and instruction and understanding.
24 The father of the righteous will greatly rejoice,
And he who begets a wise child will delight in him.
25 Let your father and your mother be glad,
And let her who bore you rejoice.
26 My son, give me your heart,
And let your eyes observe my ways.
27 For a harlot is a deep pit,
And a seductress is a narrow well.
28 She also lies in wait as for a victim,
And increases the unfaithful among men.
29 Who has woe?
Who has sorrow?
Who has contentions?
Who has complaints?
Who has wounds without cause?
Who has redness of eyes?
30 Those who linger long at the wine,
Those who go in search of mixed wine.
31 Do not look on the wine when it is red,
When it sparkles in the cup,
When it swirls around smoothly;
32 At the last it bites like a serpent,
And stings like a viper.
33 Your eyes will see strange things,
And your heart will utter perverse things.
34 Yes, you will be like one who lies down in the midst of the  sea,
Or like one who lies at the top of the mast, saying:
"They have struck me, but I was not hurt; They have beaten me, but I did not feel it. When shall I awake, that I may seek another drink?"



“The water I give him will become in him a spring of water welling up to eternal life.” (John 4:14)

In our spiritual lives we sometimes experience dryness. What are the causes for spiritual dryness? Firstly, when we sin against God and grieve the Holy Spirit, we are unable to feel the presence of God. God withdraws the light and joy of His presence. Ultimately, we lose His fellowship. Secondly, when we stretch ourselves beyond our limit, we become physically tired which greatly impacts us spiritually as well. In other words, when we are physically and mentally tired, we begin to feel totally exhausted and dried up. It is then that we feel there is nothing left in our spiritual reservoirs. “Unrelenting activity is a dangerous thing for any of us involved in christian work. There is a great deal of output, but very little input. And so, we end up feeling dry and barren in spirit” writes Victor Jack. Thirdly, when we are emotionally disturbed, it may lead to spiritual dryness. Problems in marriage, difficulties with the children at home, hassles at work, unresolved conflicts – all these rob our peace unconsciously. And the enemy uses them as a tool against us. As a result, we either indulge in self-pity or react against others in anger and frustration, instead of looking upwards to get deliverance from the Lord who alone can refresh us. What then is the cure for spiritual dryness? It is available with Jesus, because He is the one who has promised, “If anyone is thirsty, let him come to me and drink. Whoever believes in me, as the Scripture has said, streams of living water will flow from within him.” (John 7:37).

Dear friends, Jesus requires us to come to Him with nothing in our hands, but only a honest confession of sin on our lips. If we turn our hearts and our faces towards Him, reaffirm our love for Him, open our life to Him - our feelings of brokenness, emptiness and despair - and invite the Holy Spirit to come inside us, He will certainly drench us with His love and fill us in an overflowing measure. Our thirst will be quenched and our soul will be revived by Him and Him alone. Halleluiah!

PRAYER: Dear Lord, Holy Spirit, fill me afresh today. I am dried up, burnt out and exhausted. Quench my thirst and equip me for all that You have in store for me. Let every sin that blocks the flow be removed from me. Wash me, cleanse me and fill me in an overflowing measure. Amen.


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